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Covid-19: Floods affect over 600 in Assam, state issues new guidelines for relief camps

More than 600 people have been affected in floods across Assam this summer, as sheets of incessant rain pummeled the state on Friday, The Indian Express reported.

The floods, which are the first of the season, fuelled concerns of loss of life and property as the floodwaters are expected to rise in the region. They also come at a time when the country is grappling the coronavirus pandemic and a countywide lockdown imposed to contain it.

According to a bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, 630 people in two villages of the Kalgachia revenue circle in Barpeta district were affected by Friday evening. The Jia Bharali River was flowing above the danger mark in Sonitpur district where erosion was reported from different areas, the bulletin added.

Pankaj Chakrabarty, state project coordinator of the ASDMA said that while the rain resulting from Cyclone Amphan, which slammed the Indian coast on Wednesday, have aided the floods, another reason for it is the release of water from the Kurichu dam in Bhutan.

An unidentified official from the newspaper, however, said that this was just the “first instance” of floods this season, and not necessarily a “wave”.“As a result of the rains, the Beki river water levels have risen and low lying areas…

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